Transcript: Trump Speaks About Commuting Former Gov - transcription powered by Happy Scribe

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Yes, we have commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail a long time, and I watched his life on television. I don't know him very well. I bet a couple of times he was on for a short while of The Apprentice years ago. Seemed like a very nice person. I don't know. But he served eight years in jail, is a long time to go. Many people disagree with the sentences. The Democrat is not a Republican.

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It was a prosecution by the same people. Call me Fitzpatrick, the same group very far from his children. They're growing older. They're going to high school now. They rarely get to see their father outside of an orange uniform. I saw that and I did commute his sentence. So he'll be able to go back home with his family after serving eight years in jail. That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence in my opinion and in the opinion of many others.

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Yes. And your attorney general? I have total confidence in my attorney when his statement you. Should stop tweeting about Justice Department.

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People like that. But, you know, everybody has the right to speak their mind. And I use social media. I guess I use it well, because here I am. I'm here. And I probably wouldn't have gotten you without social media because I certainly don't get fair press. So I wouldn't have gotten you without social media. And perhaps with all of the hoaxes, you had the impeachment folks, you had the Mueller hoax, you had Russia, Russia, Russia and onsets all the scams that divided have social media.

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I probably wouldn't be here. So I'm very happy with social media, but I think he's doing an excellent job. He's a strong guy. I never spoke to him about the Roger Stone situation. Roger Stone, just so you know, never worked. He didn't work for my campaign. There might have been a time, way early, long before I announce whether he was somehow involved a little bit, but he was not involved in our campaign at all.

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Ed, I think it was a very, very rough thing that happened to Roger Stone, because when you look at what happened with me after a 78 page horrific report, when you look at what happened to May McCabe with a recommendation of prosecution and you look at all of these other people and then you look at happened, what happened to General Flynn, a highly respected man, look at I mean, his life has been destroyed. You look at Roger Stone for a tweet and some other things.

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You take a look at what's happening to these people. Somebody has to stick up for the people. So my social media is very powerful. I guess Mark Zuckerberg just recently said Trump is number one in the world on social media, which is a very nice statement, I guess. Certainly it's something you could be at least a little bit proud of. But it means I have a voice, so I'm able to fight the fake news. Friends resign over your tweets and then also he said that your comments on Twitter are making it impossible to do his job.

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Are you? Yeah, I do. Make his job harder. I do agree with that. I think that's true. He's a very straight shooter. We have a great attorney general and he's working very hard and he's working against a lot of people that don't want to see good things happen, in my opinion. That's my opinion. Not his opinion. That's my opinion. You'll have to ask what his opinion is. But I will say this. Social media for me has been very important because it gives me a voice because I don't get that voice in the press, in the media.

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I don't get that voice. So I'm allowed to have a voice. He did his job with integrity. So, yeah, he's a man and he's a man with great integrity. The attorney general is a man with incredible integrity. Just so you understand, I chose not to be involved. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. But I've chosen not to be involved. But he is a man of great integrity.

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But I would be I could be involved if I wanted to be an attorney. I you also pardoning Bernie Kerik? Yes. I just pardoned Bernie Kerik, a man who has had many recommendations from a lot of good people, you know, oftentimes pretty much all the time. I really rely on the recommendations of people that know them. We have Bernie Kerik. We have Mike Milken, who has gone around and done an incredible job for the world with all of his research on cancer.

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And he's done this and he's suffered greatly. He paid a big price, paid a very tough price, but he's done an incredible job. And yeah, these are all people that you have to see the recommendations. I rely on recommendations. Are you planning to pardon Roger Stone? I haven't given it any thought. In the meantime, he's going through a process. But I think he's been treated very unfairly this morning, about 9 1 in U.S. companies.

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Yeah. It's not that hard. Yeah. Are you are you not concerned about that?

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I'm very concerned about national security, number one. I'm concerned about national security. Nobody's done a better job with national security than me. You take a look at what's going on. We've done a great job on national security. A lot of countries are a lot different now than they were when I started. But I will say that we're not going to be sacrificing our companies for all of the growth and everything else that they're ready. They're exploding. They're doing so well by using a fake term of national security.

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It's got to be real national security. And I think people were getting carried away with it. So I want our companies to be treated. I want our companies to be allowed to do business. I mean, things are put on my desk that have nothing to do with national security, including with chipmakers and various others. So we're going to give it up. And what will happen? They'll make those chips in a different country or they'll make them in China or someplace else.

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So national security is very important. I've been very tough on wall way, but that doesn't mean we have to be tough on everybody that does something. We want to be able to sell all of this incredible technology with no one in the world. We want to be able to sell to other countries. You mean cease fire? And are you confident that he still believes that we are doing something? We've been in the war in Afghanistan now for 19 years.

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We've substantially reduced the forces. You know, we're really acting more as a law enforcement agency than we are as a military, because we could win that very quickly and easily. If I was willing to kill millions of people. I'm not willing to do that. I'm not willing to do that. Would win that so quickly. Your head would spin. And I'm not talking about nuclear. I'm talking about very conventional. But I'm not willing to kill millions of people.

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So we are negotiating with the Taliban. We've been negotiating with them for a while. We will see what happens. It's a chance of making a deal has a chance. I can't believe supply at all. I saw that as a Senator Murphy met with the Iranians, is that a fact? I just saw that on the way over. Is there anything that I should know? Because it sounds like to me a violation of the Logan Act. You know what happened with that?

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Did you read about Senator Edwards here, about Senator Murphy met with the Iranians? Well, they ought to find out about it if it's true. I don't know. It just came out as though he's leaving the car. You think why go build a guy to get Mandurah on? Well, he's the person that the country right now prefers, and that's what I go with. We'll see what happens. We put additional sanctions on very strong sanctions this morning on Venezuela.

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We'll see what happens. We're watching Venezuela very closely. You know, Roger Stone, but are you ruling out pardons or stone for your former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, for example? I'm not even thinking about that. There's a process that people are going through. These are unrelated situations where people have done a great job with very, very strong recommendations. But we haven't thought about that yet. Right now, there's a process. I think Roger Stone has been treated unfairly.

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I think General Flynn has been treated very unfairly. I think a lot of people have been treated very unfairly. I think the Mueller scam is just exactly what it's what a lot of people are calling, because it was started illegally. It was started by abuse. It was phony. It was a fake dossier. And they went in and they went into the FISA courts and they forged papers and they did a lot of bad things. So the whole Mueller thing to me is a scam.

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Even if there is any prison time, you're going to see what happens. Let's see what happens. The president on one the other day. I think he was treated unfairly. He spoke to President Erna Wannna Turkey the other day. I did. Sorry about all out war breaking out between Turkey and Syria. I did. I had a very good conversation with President Erdogan. I respect him. We have a very good relationship. Yes, I agree.

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He's a tough guy, but we have a very good relationship. I seem to do better with tough people. But the fact is that he's fighting on it. He doesn't want people to be killed by the thousands and hundreds of thousands. And he called me about that and other reasons. But we spoke about it live and we're working together on seeing what can be the solution. Well, it's a very tough solution. You have a lot of warring going on right now.

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A lot of worry going on. But I'm dealing with President A. A little bit about this coming 3D and also why you wanted to wait until you wanted to fly back to Las Vegas every night to spend the night there.

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Well, I don't know exactly the schedule because I don't set the schedule largely. Yeah. I like that. Yeah, largely the schedule is set by the Secret Service. We do what they want us to, but we're going to California. We're going to Nevada, we're going to Arizona. We're going to different places. And I guess we're coming back here. But I don't set the schedule. I have nothing to do with Michael Bloomberg. No, he doesn't need that kind of advice.

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He's been doing it for a long time. It just seems unfair what's happening to Bernie Sanders, to be honest with you. I watched it happen four years ago and always be careful what you wish for. And I'm not wishing for anything. What whoever it is, I'll be very happy. But it seems that Bernie Sanders and that whole big section of the Democratic Party, or as I call it, the Democrat Party, which is really the correct name, it seems are being taken advantage of like they were four years ago.

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The best campaign strategy for being in the band while the Democrats were focusing on the caucuses there. Well, I'll be making this speech in Nevada, and that will be probably the day before, I guess, as they have it arranged. It seems to be pretty effective. We got more votes than any incumbent president in history in Iowa, added New Hampshire, as you saw. And in that case, I went just before the day before and I went the day before.

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In both cases, Iowa or New Hampshire. So it seems to be effective. I'll be going to South Carolina. They're working that out now, probably the day before. But, you know, look, we have a big voice and we might as well use it. You still satisfied with how President Xi is handling the Corona virus? I think President Xi is working very hard. As you know, I spoke with him recently. He's working really hard.

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It's a tough problem. I think he's going to do. I look, I've seen them build hospitals in a short period of time. I really believe he wants to get that done and he wants to get it done fast. Yes, I think he's doing it very professionally. We're also working with him and helping him as of the last few days, as you know, from the data coming out of China. Are you worried about that? Look, I know this President Xi loves the people of China.

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He loves his country. And he's doing a very good job with a very, very tough situation. Any doing any of that thinking, you know, if it comes up. Yes. But we'll see what happens. So that that's really up to Senator Graham. He is traveling with it. Well, we can have a trade deal with India, but I'm really saving the big deal for later on. We're doing a very big trade deal with India.

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We'll have it. I don't know if it'll be done before the election, but we'll have a very big deal with India. We're not treated very well by India, but I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot. And he told me we'll have 7 million people between the airport and here at the event and the stadium. I understand he's sort of semi under construction, but it's going to be the largest stadium in the world. So it's going to be very exciting.

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But he says between the stadium and and the airport, we'll have about 7 million people. So it's going to be very exciting. I hope you all enjoy. Are you going? Are you going? See? I hope so. Are you going, Jeff? I hope you're going to. OK. So I'll see you maybe in the plane. How are you? Marriage is good. Overclaim. Search under way for anonymous member, Anonymous. There is not so much a search.

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I know who it is. Yeah, I tell you that. I know. But we won't. We won't get into it. People know it's people know it's a fraud. I know who it is and I know who some of the leakers are. But some of the leakers don't exist. This made up by the press. So, you know, they say nine people have said or two people have said that those people don't exist. But now I know all about Anonymous.

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I know a lot about the leakers. We know a lot. In fact, when I want to get something out to the press, I tell certain people. And it's amazing. It gets out there. But so far, I'm leaving it that way. I'll see you later. Thank you. See you in the play.